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Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
When: Sunday, January 13, 9:30 PM. ET.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be trying to bounce back from their loss to the Utah Jazz when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Cavaliers Trying To Snap 12-Game Losing Streak
The Cavaliers have struggled this season, winning eight of their first 43 games. They will be trying to snap a 12-game losing streak when they face the Lakers on Sunday night.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) January 12, 2019
Cleveland has struggled offensively this season, averaging 102.7 points per game, which is 28th in the league. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Jordan Clarkson leads the team with 17.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Collin Sexton is averaging 14.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while Rodney Hood is averaging 12.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers have also struggled defensively and are giving up 113.7 points per game, which is 23rd in the league. They gave up 141 points to the Houston Rockets in their last game and need to play significantly better to beat the Lakers on Sunday night.
Lakers Looking For Third Win In Four Games
The Lakers had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Utah Jazz in their last game and will be trying to regroup with a win over the Cavaliers, which will give them their third win in their last four contests.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 12, 2019
Los Angeles has played well offensively this season, averaging 112.2 points per game, which is 12th in the league. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
LeBron James leads the team with 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. He has missed their last nine games with a groin injury and is expected to sit this game out as well.
The Lakers have struggled defensively and are giving up 110.8 points per game. They gave up 113 points to the Jazz and need to play better to beat the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Los Angeles is:
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Lakers have played well against the spread, winning four of their last six home games against teams with losing road records and 11 of their last 16 games against Central Division opponents. The Cavaliers have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last six games and five of their last six games following a straight up loss.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cavaliers have played under the total in eight of their last 10 games against teams with winning records. The Lakers have played under the total in five of their last six games against teams with losing records and in 12 of their last 15 games after a straight up loss.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Lakers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Cavaliers in the first half of their last three games. Both teams are even offensively with the Cavaliers averaging 51.7 points per game while the Lakers average 50 points per game. However, the Lakers have the defensive edge, holding opponents to 58.7 points per game while the Cavaliers are giving up 66.3 points per game.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Lakers and Cavaliers are averaging 101.7 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current offensive pace.